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How to apply for an S Pass for Singapore

We will explain who qualifies for the S Pass for Singapore, the requirements which must be met, and the application process. For expert assistance with your immigration matter, contact Reiss Edwards, immigration lawyers and solicitors in London, on 020 3744 2797 or by email at info@reissedwards.co.uk

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Singapore is an increasingly popular destination for migrants from around the world seeking a prosperous, safe, and high quality of life. It is easy to see why. Not only does it have the most open economy in the world, but it is also extremely easy for businesses to set up and operate in Singapore. The economy of Singapore is also considered highly stable, with zero foreign debt and a robust balance of trade. For these reasons and many more, Singapore is now extremely attractive to skilled foreign workers seeking new career opportunities, both on a temporary or permanent basis. On this page, we will explain who qualifies for the S Pass for Singapore, the requirements which must be met, and the application process

What is the S Pass for Singapore?

The Singaporean S Pass is a work visa intended for ‘mid-level’ skilled staff who wish to take up employment in Singapore. Applicants must have a job offer that meets the minimum income requirements and have the qualifications required to fulfil their role. If granted, S Pass holders can stay in Singapore for two years, but this cannot be extended. Under the S Pass scheme, it is also possible for eligible dependant family members to join the pass holder in Singapore.

Am I eligible for an S Pass for Singapore?

To qualify for an S Pass for Singapore, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a job offer in Singapore
  • Work in a mid-level role (e.g., technician)
  • Have relevant work experience for the role in Singapore
  • Earn a monthly salary of at least $2,500. The Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MoM) also states, “Older, more experienced applicants need higher salaries to qualify”.
  • Have a degree or diploma. Technical certificates are also considered, such as courses for qualified technicians or specialists. The certification should require at least one year of full-time study.

Before an employer can apply for an S Pass for a foreign worker, they need to follow the Singaporean Fair Consideration Framework (FCF), which requires that they advertise the role domestically on the MyCareersFuture website for at least 28 days, and all candidates must be considered fairly. This is similar to a labour market test carried out in many other countries to ensure that no settled worker can fill the role before it is offered to an overseas candidate.

To check if you are eligible for an S Pass in Singapore, we recommend completing the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) provided by MoM.

S Pass levy and quota requirements

Applicants should also be aware that there is a quota on the number of S Pass staff who can be hired, and a levy is payable for each S Pass employee recruited. The number of S Pass holders that a Singapore business can hire is as follows:

  • 10% of the company’s total workforce in the services sector.
  • 20% in the manufacturing sector.
  • 18% in all other sectors.

The levy payable is $330 per month ($10.85 per day).

How do I apply for an S Pass for Singapore?

Applications for S Passes in Singapore have to be completed by either the employer or an employment agent. The steps are as follows:

  1. Advertise the role on MyCareersFuture for 28 days and consider all candidates fairly
  2. If no suitable candidate is available, an S Pass application can be made online.
  3. Get a written consent to apply for S Pass from the candidate.
  4. Several documents will need to be scanned and uploaded with the S Pass application, including:
    1. Particular's page of the applicant’s passport.
    2. Company’s latest business profile or instant information registered with ACRA.
    3. Candidate’s educational certificates, e.g., degree or diploma certificate.
  5. Pay the application fee of $105 for each pass requested.
  6. Buy medical insurance and work injury compensation insurance (if applicable) for them.

Once the application, documents, and payment have been submitted, it then takes around three weeks for applications to be processed.

If approved, the candidate then has 60 days to travel to Singapore (they will need entry approval to travel to Singapore). At this stage, the employer needs to request the candidate’s pass and pay $100 for each. After this, a notification letter will be issued, which permits the candidate to work while waiting for their pass card. The candidate will then need to register their biometrics at a MoM Services Centre, and the card will be delivered by post within four working days.

Your pass will allow you to stay in Singapore for up to two years.

Can my family join me in Singapore if I hold an S Pass?

Yes, however, if you wish to bring family members with you as an S Pass holder, you will need to earn a salary of at least $6,000 per month. Those who are eligible for a Dependant’s Pass, including legally married spouses and unmarried children under 21.

In order to gain immigration permission for family members, the employer needs to complete a separate application form for each person, however, these can be submitted together with the main S Pass application.

Reiss Edwards has the resources and expertise to assist with all aspects of Singapore immigration. If you need assistance with your S Pass for Singapore or any other immigration matter, contact our Singapore Immigration Lawyers on 020 3744 2797 or by email at info@reissedwards.co.uk

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